OK, so this is what Im working on. I have this 3'x3' section of oak flooring that I am staining images into. Im also using sanding techniques to put in highlights and blend in different stain applications. It may be difficult to see what the image is since a lot of it is covered with masking tape so I'll post the photo Im working off of.
Im at a crossroads with this one. Im not sure what I think of the gray area. It mostly sits on top of the wood surface and doesn't sink below like the stains everywhere else. I think I might sand away some highlights and see how that looks. Maybe after that I will use a white pickling stain. However, before anything, I should put in the shadows. I think thats what I will do.
Just put in the shadows. I'll have to wait until the morning to sand in the areas where I want to apply the white stain. Its wierd that I like the gray sweater in the pictures I take of the piece, but when standing in front of it Im not too sure. At least its looking a little better with a bit more shading.
Tried sanding in some highlights with the mouse sander but was not very successful. Im starting to hate the filmy gray. I might as well get rid of it. Its not that I think all areas of the painting need to have the same depth into the wood. Its that Im not excited about the filmy home-made stain. It sucks. Im not feeling it. Oh well, it was a nice experiment.